NASA Selects Intuitive Machines to Land Water-Measuring Payload on the Moon


NASA has awarded Intuitive Machines of Houston approximately $47 million to deliver a drill combined with a mass spectrometer to the Moon by December 2022 under the agency‚Äôs Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative. The delivery of the Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment known as PRIME-1 will help NASA search for ice at the Moon‚Äôs South Pole and, for the first…

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NASA Announces Partners to Advance ‚ÄėTipping Point‚Äô Technologies for the Moon, Mars


  NASA has selected 14 American companies, including several small businesses, as partners to develop a range of technologies that will help forge a path to sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade. U.S. industry submitted the proposals to NASA‚Äôs fifth competitive¬†Tipping Point solicitation, and the selections have an expected combined award value of more…

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Large asteroid FlyBy November 29, 2020 (Video)

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  A large asteroid will pass Earth at more than 11 times the moon‚Äôs distance on November 29, 2020 and will approach our planet more closely in later flybys. 2000 WO107 is an asteroid, classified as¬†near-Earth object¬†and¬†potentially hazardous asteroid¬†of the¬†Aten group. It was discovered on 29 November 2000, by astronomers of the¬†Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research¬†at the¬†Lincoln Laboratory’s Experimental Test Site¬†near…

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NASA, Boeing Announce Crew Changes for Starliner Crew Flight Test


Veteran NASA astronaut Barry ‚ÄúButch‚ÄĚ Wilmore will join astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann for NASA‚Äôs Boeing Crew Flight Test, the inaugural crewed flight of the CST-100 Starliner launching to the International Space Station in 2021.   Wilmore will take the place of Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson on the flight test as part of NASA‚Äôs Commercial Crew Program. Ferguson decided…

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Is 2020SO Space Junk or an Asteroid?


  2020 SO¬†is a tiny¬†near-Earth asteroid¬†or¬†artificial¬†object discovered by the¬†Pan-STARRS1¬†survey at the¬†¬†Haleakala Observatory¬†on September 17, 2020. It is currently approaching Earth and its nominal trajectory indicates that it will be¬†temporarily captured¬†by Earth by ¬†October 15, 2020. It will enter via the outer¬†Lagrange point¬†L2¬†and exit via Lagrange point¬†L1. During its¬†geocentric orbit¬†around Earth, 2020 SO will make a close approach to Earth around…

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  SpaceX is targeting Monday, October 5 at 7:51 a.m. EDT, 11:51 UTC, for its thirteenth¬†Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon 9‚Äôs first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon‚Äôs first flight to the International Space Station with NASA…

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Cygnus Resupply Craft With NASA Science, Cargo Heads to Space Station


A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with nearly 8,000 pounds of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and other cargo after launching at 9:16 p.m. EDT Friday from NASA‚Äôs Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.   The spacecraft launched on an Antares rocket from the Virginia Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport‚Äôs Pad…

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, October 2, for a Falcon 9 launch of the¬†GPS III Space Vehicle 04¬†mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The 15-minute launch window opens at 9:43 p.m. EDT, or 01:43 UTC on October 3.¬†¬†Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9‚Äôs first stage on the ‚ÄúJust Read the…

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High School Students will Ask NASA Astronaut Aboard ISS Questions

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  NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, currently aboard the International Space Station, will answer questions posed by high school students from across the nation this week. The educational downlink event will air live at 10:25 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 2, on NASA Television and the agency‚Äôs website. Cassidy will answer prerecorded questions selected from high school students participating in the Society…

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